The Cron Job/Crontab
To have your task run at this frequency, use the following cron:
0 12 */4 * *
This cron command translates to the following (in Human-Readable format):
“Every 4 days at 12:00 pm.”
What is a Cron Job & Crontab?
A cron job is a task that is scheduled to run at a specific time or interval. Cron jobs are commonly used to automate system maintenance or administration tasks, such as running backups or sending email reports.
A crontab is a file containing commands and instructions for the cron daemon to execute.
Every cron job uses five fields. Here is an explanation of what each field does in this cron, which runs “every 4 days at 12:00 pm“:
FUN FACT: Cron is typically used for things like system maintenance tasks, running backups etc..
You might want to set up a crontab or cron job to run every 4 days at 12:00 pm for several reasons, including:
- To send out a report every 4 days at noon
- To run a backup script every 4 days at noon
- To clear the cache every 4 days at noon
Similar Cron Jobs
You might also want to run a crontab:
FUN FACT: Each user on a system can have their own crontab, and commands in them will be executed as that user..
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If you are looking for cron jobs that run at certain minutes, hours, days, weekdays, or months, or if you are looking for miscellaneous cron jobs, then check out our relevant sections, or visit our crontab cheat sheet for a list of hundreds of popular cron jobs.